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Aecom IT job losses: Only 50 out of 1,000 jobs being retained

“On January 10th, AECOM’s CIO Tom Peck held a Town Hall meeting with our Global IT Team to announce that they’re outsourcing AECOM’s IT to IBM, per a deal signed on December 31st, 2016,” wrote the source.

“During his presentation, a visibly nervous and flustered Tom Peck explained that of the c1,000 IT jobs at AECOM, a scant 50 jobs, nearly all management, will be retained. 

“Around 230 jobs will be transitioned to IBM on February 1st, with the possibility of being hired by IBM after June 2017. The rest will be laid off, the US workers first with Canada, UK, and Asia unknown, hopefully with severance pay,” the source added.

An explanatory letter (below) sent to employees who have been offered a transition to IBM, seen by Computing, confirms that IBM will take just four months to evaluate all 230 transitioned staff, and decide who to retain and who to let go.


It also states that should staff decide not to accept the transition, they will forego any severance pay, no matter how lengthy their service.

A further graphic reveals the timeline of IBM’s takeover of the IT function, with tools migration, knowledge transition, project completions and role assessments all expected to be completed in June 2017.

Internal slide from Aecom detailing IBM transfer plans

Has your role been affected by this deal? If so, please contact [email protected] All emails will be treated with the strictest confidence. 

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